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We've been lucky here in the nation's capital. Summer has been mild so far, but the infernal mugginess that leads many to postulate that D.C. was once a swamp soon awaits us. Lugging my laptop to the local coffee shop will become an enormous chore more fitting an athlete. Come to think of it, coffee seems like it may be ill advised. Perhaps, it's time to start drinking actual water and divert my primary water intake from java, Diet Coke and beer?
Under these conditions, my mind turns to one thing, and one thing alone: the only beverage capable of relieving the unbearable heat, the Rickey. In my mind, the Rickey is to summer what Superglue is to adhesives, or Kleenex is to tissues. They're synonymous. To go a summer without the Rickey would be to pop all of the inflatable swimming pools of my youth--I need it to mark the occasion of summer.
The Rickey is a category of mixed drinks made from a base spirit, half of a lime squeezed and dropped in the glass, and topped with carbonated water. Little or no sugar is added to the Rickey. Originally made with Bourbon whiskey, the Rickey was invented in Washington, D.C. around 1883 at Shoomaker's bar by bartender George A. Williamson, purportedly in collaboration with Democratic lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey. It became a worldwide sensation when mixed with gin.